CalderÃ³n's rep will review request to suspend LDS missionary visas
The office of Felipe CalderÃ³n has acknowledged receipt of a Latino activist's letter urging Mexico's president to suspend visas to missionaries until The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes a stronger public stance against enforcement-only immigration legislation.
Raul Lopez-Vargas received two letters, both dated Feb. 15.
One sent from Mexico's national palace and signed by representative Juan Manuel Llera Blanco acknowledges CalderÃ³n's staff received the letter signed by 39 people. It says the letter will be forwarded to the appropriate government official.
The second, sent by Llera to foreign-relations Secretary Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, asks her to review the matter and respond quickly to Lopez-Vargas on CalderÃ³n's behalf.
Lopez-Vargas delivered his letter Monday to Jose Umberto Gutierrez at the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City. Gutierrez said he forwarded it to CalderÃ³n immediately.
The activist said he intended the letter to pressure the LDS Church to sign the Utah Compact a document signed by more than 3,300 people who favor a compassionate approach toward illegal immigration. The church has endorsed, but not signed, the compact.
Lopez-Vargas also sent the letter in response to state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom's enforcement-only immigration bill, which cleared a committee Friday in a 9-3 vote.
That measure, asking local police to enforce immigration law, has been a hot-button issue. The Orem Republican changed the language last week to no longer require that local police question the legal status under "reasonable suspicion" of people pulled over for Class B or C misdemeanors.